Marcus Figueroa | firstname.lastname@example.org | February 25, 2019
d.tech basketball is one of the few sports that has been part of d.tech since its early stages. This year, the varsity team is fairly young, with more than half of the team made up of freshmen and sophomores. This was a big change for the team, as most of the basketball team last year was made up of seniors. The team is also led by a young, new coach, John Schrup.
It was a shaky season for the team, finishing with two wins and 12 losses in their league, but players seem optimistic about what the team will look like in the future. Junior Steven Varghese says, “I think we will get more connected as a team over time, but I just hope it happens before I leave.” It seems that this is a consensus amongst the other players, as freshman Dylan Chang says, “Hopefully in a few years we’ll be really good, as we grow and get better over time”. After experiencing high school basketball, Chang says, ”There is a lot more competition and pressure” compared to playing basketball in middle school.
There are also challenges the team has faced throughout the season. They are still working on the chemistry aspect for the team. “We still have a lot of work to do,” says junior Noah Chen. Although he does feel that that season has one, he says, “fairly well, considering the amount of freshman that are on the team.” Because the team is mostly underclassmen, says freshman Christian Figueroa, “We are much smaller than a lot of the other teams, who are much bigger because they consist of more juniors and seniors.” To cope with this, he says, “We needed to put all our effort into practices and games, so that we could compete against the taller teams.”
There have been positive moments for the team this season. One such moment for Chang was knowing that, as he put it, “We can compete at our best with teams that are much older than us when most of us are still freshmen.” Varghese says, “It’s been cool to have a coach from a bigger school help us out and having him dedicate his time to us.” The team’s coach, who has guided the team throughout the season, “has improved and helped us mature, especially from the beginning,” says sophomore Teddy Knobel.
Despite a shaky start, most of the team seems optimistic about the positive changes that will come in the future. You can show your support your fellow Dragons by attending to the team’s games and watch the team evolve.